So, apparently there is a meme going around, called top 10 Tuesdays. It asks participants to list their top ten books. Well, it’s no longer Tuesday (oops), but I figured I’d provide a list of the books I’ve especially enjoyed so far this year.
The Impossible Knife of Memory, Laurie Halse Anderson: Andersen’s book about a high school student and her veteran father is touching, with beautifully crafted characters. I recently re-read part of this book in a bookstore, and it sucked me in just as it did the first time I read it.
Red Rising, Pierce Brown: This gritty science-fiction Hunger Games was a treat. I enjoyed the nod to Graeco-Roman mythology and epics. I am looking forward to the sequel coming out next year.
The Crimson Campaign, by Brian McLellan: The second book in McLellan’s Powder Mage trilogy was a great follow-up to the first book, Promise of Blood. I like that McCellan brings you into the characters’ minds, but also makes them pay the price. If you like gritty fantasy, I’d recommend the Powder Mage books.
Deliah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, Tony Cliff: The artwork in this is gorgeous, and I loved Deliah’s antics. This was a high-paced, fun read.
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien: An oldie, but goodie. I picked this up from a library giveaway, and I was taken in by the writing, which reminded me of Milan Kundera’s Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
Saga, v. 1 and 2, Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples: The artwork for this star-crossed sci-fi story is marvelous, and the plot is engaging. I am eagerly waiting to get my hands on the third book.
The Last Dragonslayer and The Song of the Quarkbeast, Jasper Fforde: I read the first two books and loved them. Fforde’s setting is tongue and cheek, and the story’s heroine Jennifer is wonderful. I also find the Quarkbeast delightful (isn’t the name perfect?!).